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Death and Dying

The fear of death is deep-seated, hardwired into our bodies and subconscious. But every single living thing—and human being—will go through the process of dying. While we witness it happening to others and know intellectually that it will happen to ourselves, many of us avoid thinking about it as much as possible. But when a culture avoids death, sidelining it from social spaces and public discussion, it can make addressing our discomfort, anxiety, fear, and curiosity about death an isolating experience. When we are then confronted with death close to us, we can have difficulty processing the emotions we are faced with and end up in an existential or spiritual crisis. Many traditions believe that incorporating a healthy discussion of death in day-to-day life actually helps release us from the fear of dying and lets us live freer, more vibrant lives.

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Why Is it Important for Us to Understand Death and Dying?

A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it “One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.”—Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart.

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What Do Buddhists Believe Happens After Death?

Simply the mind continues, because as we’ve discussed in previous times, the mind is a stream of awareness which is not generated from physical causes.

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Nikki Mirghafori: Mindfulness of Death

Dharma talk live streaming from the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.

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Ram Dass & Frank Ostaseski: Lovingkindness Satsang

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How to Find Belonging and Connection

Looking for how to find belonging and connection? In this episode, Sebene Selassie shares space with me as we discuss belonging, connection and many other spiritual topics including acceptance, anxiety, death, Buddhist contemplations and practices, dharma as well as the ancient knowledge of native c...

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